The “I turned out just fine” argument is popular. It means that based on our personal experience we know what works and what doesn’t.
But the argument has fatal flaws.
It’s what’s known as an anecdotal fallacy. This fallacy, in simple terms, states that “I’m not negatively affected (as far as I can tell), so it must be O.K. for everyone.” As an example: “I wasn’t vaccinated, and I turned out fine. Therefore, vaccination is unnecessary.” We are relying on a sample size of one. Ourselves, or someone we know. And we are applying that result to everyone.
Read Justin Coulson’s article in the New York times by clicking on the image below …
Recognizing that our own experiences and the impact they had on us does not reflect how those experiences may impact others is one of the greatest gifts we can give others. When we demonstrate by our thoughts, words, and actions that we realize we are all different and often experience life differently, we open the door to respecting others … we open our hearts and our minds that empowers us to be compassionate, kind, and caring, plus committed to protecting children from preventable, unnecessary harm.
December 2, 2018
KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER
Founder Social Entrepreneur Author Artist Speaker
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